Gustavo Barragan is a recipient of the Academic Year 2020-2021 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I am a second-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a degree in International Studies, along with a Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. In the future, I plan to join an NGO (non-governmental organization) or agency such as UNICEF, and work as an emergency manager in Brazil.
With the help of FLAS, I will be able to gain knowledge of international human rights through my areas of studies, as well as improve my Portuguese speaking abilities. In addition, this will help me provide better assistance to migrant children when coordinating UNICEF’s overall emergency response.